Where are the best places to go trick or treating?

Alex Johnson

jackolanterns 300x199 Where are the best places to go trick or treating?Cambridge is the best town in Britain to go trick or treating at Hallowe’en. The Trick or Treat Index compiled by Zoopla (one of The Independent’s partners) ranks towns and cities across the country using a combination of factors including property values, density of households, road safety and crime, all important factors in a successful Hallowe’en night.

Cambridge topped the list of places on the Trick or Treat Index with the best combination of a high density of wealthy homeowners with a low number of road traffic accidents and low crime. Coming in a close second was Norwich. London came in third place and within the capital the top three trick or treating hot spots were Barnet, Bromley and Wandsworth.

At the other end of the Trick or Treat Index, Oldham, Middlesbrough and Colchester were the least favourable towns for trick or treating.

“Seasoned trick or treaters know what will help them secure a better Hallowe’en haul and stay safe doing so,” said Lawrence Hall of Zoopla. “It’s a combination of factors including a high density of affluent homes along with good road safety and low crime. Homeowners in Cambridge might want to stock up on treats this Hallowe’en or else be prepared for some tricks coming their way!”


Rank Town Avg Property Value No. of Households Incidents of crime per 1,000 residents Pedestrian RTAs per 1,000 residents Trick or Treat Index
1 Cambridge £310,519 109,245 0.10 0.26 146
2 Norwich £192,666 176,164 0.16 0.33 143
3 London £440,658 2,075,534 0.05 0.70 139
4 Northampton £180,255 127,956 0.22 0.29 126
5 Ipswich £186,559 99,458 0.21 0.28 121
6 Leeds £163,242 302,828 0.23 0.44 118
7 Milton Keynes £209,198 104,455 0.34 0.29 115
8 Sheffield £156,377 289,318 0.23 0.50 114
9 York £222,505 130,325 0.49 0.33 112
10 Bristol £221,572 358,749 0.55 0.51 111


Rank Town Avg Property Value No. of Households Incidents of crime per 1,000 residents Pedestrian RTAs per 1,000 residents Trick or Treat Index
1 Oldham £119,029 89,508 0.39 0.56 38
2 Middlesbrough £131,566 89,482 0.88 0.35 39
3 Colchester £217,394 99,149 0.72 0.99 51
4 Preston £160,271 130,282 0.74 0.72 53
5 Brighton £269,854 95,741 0.71 0.89 59
6 Barnsley £118,610 93,970 0.23 0.47 62
7 Hull £111,848 150,160 0.47 0.52 68
8 Bolton £130,278 127,763 0.38 0.57 68
9 Leicester £168,460 242,678 0.73 0.77 69
10 Nottingham £149,217 350,996 0.64 0.73 71

In addition to compiling the Trick of Treat Index, Zoopla also conducted a survey of house hunters to find out if they would be discouraged from buying a house if they were told it was haunted. Three out of  five said they would not be interested in buying a home that was haunted while one in four said it would make no difference. One in ten said finding out that a house was haunted would encourage them to view it…

Britain is also home to several streets that are appropriately named for Hallowe’en, some of which trick or treaters may want to target more than others. Streets with Devil in the name are among the most valuable in the country with an average property value of almost £500,000. On the other hand, streets with Witch in the name have average property values of only £156,925.

“Those living on streets with spooky names have the opportunity to go all guns blazing on Halloween,” said Hall. “However, for homeowners who believe their properties are haunted, our survey shows that they may be better remaining tight lipped when it comes time to sell.”


Rank In Street Name # of Streets Avg.Property Value
1 Devil 14 £496,561
2 Grave 22 £387,767
3 Dark 102 £334,571
4 Dead 7 £310,123
5 Moon 89 £290,857
6 Crow 179 £267,920
7 Broom 275 £234,421
8 Bat 23 £233,948
9 Cemetery 158 £159,319
10 Witch 5 £156,925

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  • Marge2

    In Scotland when I was a child nearly 60 years ago Halloween was one of the highlights of the year. Groups of children, carrying carved-out turnips and in costume would ring on doorbells and ask the householder “Trick or Treat?” The answer Trick meant they didn’t give you anything – a piece of fruit or sweets or even some coppers – and so you played a trick on them. Usually ringing the bell soon afterwards and running away. Treat meant you sang a song, recited a poem, played an instrument – in other words, entertained them. All of us learned our piece until we were word or play perfect and in some households you’d be invited to “cook” for apples or try and catch one of the sticky buns hanging from the clothes pulley that was an essential part of all kitchens. It was called “Guising”, and was the beginning of the exciting part of winter, with Guy Fawkes following a week later, then for us city children, the circus coming to town at Christmas, and carol singing round the streets – all verses sung and properly rehearsed, unlike today! – and then Christmas itself, with midnight services and trees at every window, each trying to outdo the other in a friendly(?) rivalry, and none put up less than a week before the 25th, so the enchantment an specialness was all the greater.

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